My TB Skin Test came back postive. Now what?
Dr. sent me to get a chest x-ray... waiting on results.
I've never been exposed (to my knowledge) to TB....
I've been reading about postive skin tests... do I really need to take 9 months of antibiotics? I can't stand 2 weeks... 9 months AHH!
Any advice, thoughts?
Apr 30, '07
This is my first post, i am going to start Nursing school in September (yippee). I had a positive TB skin test, and my family doctor was all freaking out saying, i had to take medication for 9-12 months. This was even before my chest X-Ray.
Well, he referred me to a Respirologist, who examined my chest-xrays, and showed me some calcium deposits, which indicated that i have TB-germs, but there was no sign of active TB.
Anyways, he told me that the side effects of the medication for me and other young girls was much higher than my chance of getting active TB. He said to me, you will get both jaundice and hepatitis without a doubt.
So he wrote a letter to my family doctor, advising against taking the medication. Anyways the point of this long post is to just let you know, there are options out there. I don't know about States, but here in Canada, no one can force you to take medication for latent TB.
Im not telling you not to take the medication, or to take it. Just letting you know you have options, and to ask all the appropriate questions.
Make the right choice for you
Last edit by madascanbeRNtobe on Apr 30, '07